RECIPE: Coffee Granita (aka: Italian Ice)
Brewed coffee or espresso
2 tbls of honey, agave or sugar for every 1 cup of brewed coffee
Heat or reheat the coffee and stir in the sugar to dissolve (you want it to taste a little stronger and sweeter than just drinking coffee). Carefully pour the coffee into a shallow baking pan . You want the coffee to be less than an inch deep.
Put the pan in the freezer and every 1/2 hour, remove and use a fork to scrape the icy coffee into crystals, then return to the freezer.
When serving, scoop into a glass and top with prepared cream. Serve immediately.
*this makes a tasty treat, dessert, a between courses icy palate cleanser, or a finish to a rich meal.
RECIPE: Chipotle Cinnamon Cream
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp powdered sugar
pinch of chipotle chili powder
pinch of cinnamon
*optional - tiny dash of fresh ground nutmeg
Stir the chili powder and cinnamon into the teaspoon of powdered sugar. Whip the cream til thick and add the spicy powdered sugar. Continue whipping the cream to a thick, but not too firm consistency. Keep chilled. Place a small dollop on each Coffee Granita just before serving.
Having Coffee Granita on hand in the freezer is so easy, and everyone loves when you bring it out. It always looks like so much more than it is, and who doesn't like the fun of icy treats melting on your tongue. My mom will be proud of you.